“Coach Roberts made a somewhat questionable decision.”
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Daver Roberts has been criticized for pitching problems. Coach Roberts put right-hander Andre Jackson 스포츠토토(27) on the mound in the top of the 8th inning when the team was trailing 2-3 in a home game against the Chicago Cubs on the 15th (Korean time). He’s trailing by one point, but he’s picked Jackson in a turnaround situation that’s good enough. Jackson had pitched in relief in three games before this day, recording one save, six innings, and an ERA of 4.26. He appeared in only 10 games of his big league career, so he was inexperienced and had his ups and downs.
As soon as Jackson got on the mound, he was beaten. With the start of the 8th inning, Ian Happ and Seiya Suzuki hit back-to-back home runs.
2-5 in an instant. Manager Roberts pushed Jackson without a pitcher change. After one out, Jackson was hit with another left-handed solo shot by Patrick Wisdom, leading the score to 2-6 before ending the inning.
Jackson got on the mound in the top of the ninth inning and was responsible for the remaining one inning. It was a mound operation in which the bench virtually gave up the game. Jackson allowed Jan Gomes his fourth solo shot of the day, and after giving up a hit to Nico Horner, Happ hit a timely RBI double for a 2-8 loss. Jackson allowed only 6 hits (4 homers), 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 5 runs in 2 innings, and his season ERA skyrocketed to 8.64.
‘LA Times’, a local Los Angeles magazine, said, ‘In the 8th inning, against the Cubs’ center lineup of switch hitter Happ, right-handed hitter Suzuki, and left-handed hitter Cody Bellinger, manager Roberts made a rather strange choice to play right-hander Jackson. He could have chosen left-handers Alex Bessian or Caleb Ferguson or right-handers Yancy Almonte and Shelby Miller instead of Jackson,’ he criticized.
Coach Roberts had to be bombarded with questions from local American reporters about the above selection after the game. Manager Roberts reportedly said he wanted to save his pitcher because he had to play 10 straight games, and he wanted to give the other bullpen a little more rest while giving Jackson two innings.
Manager Roberts said, “Of course, when he was trailing by one run in the eighth inning, he considered putting Ferguson up, but he didn’t want to do that for the future game.”
As for Jackson allowing four home runs, he suspects he picked up on Jackson’s habits on the Cubs’ end. Manager Roberts explained, “The Cubs hitters knew and reacted to every pitch Jackson threw. We will check the video again to see if Jackson’s pitching habit is being exposed.”